School and Community Partnerships

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Piloted in 2013-14 with Isaac A. Sheppard Elementary, and now including Feltonville School of Arts and SciencesFeltonville Intermediate and our newest partner Philip H. Sheridan Elementary PAFA's School and Community Partnership brings all aspects of PAFA’s educational programs for students and families to the Kensington and Feltonville Community.

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During the academic year, every student at every school receives in-class lessons, opportunities to visit the museum, and a chance to contribute to an Art Island project, which is a multi-week collaborative project that allows members of the community to contribute to a permanent art project that will live at the school. Teachers at all grade levels and subjects receive professional development workshops, parents receive free family workshops to help support creativity at home and PAFA partners with other organizations throughout the year to present a number of arts festivals and celebrations for families in the neighborhood.

PAFA is committed to a deep investment with the Kensington and Feltonville communities over many years, working alongside partner teachers, principals, parents and community leaders to use the arts to support critical needs in literacy skills for a largely bilingual community. These programs do not replace the need for qualified art teachers in elementary schools, but work alongside committed professionals to support student learning, parental engagement and visual literacy for all members of the community.

PAFA is also committed to building and strengthening partnerships through the arts and is always interested in hearing from organizations and schools that are interested in joining this effort.

Upcoming Events

Family Arts Academy - Fall 2018 / Academia de Artes Familiares - Otoño 2018

PAFA's Family Arts Academy workshops are FREE monthly programs that aim to strengthen initiatives in family development and art education. Bring the whole family to PAFA on Sunday afternoons from 2 - 4 p.m. to meet local artists, learn new skills, and make a different project every week. No registration required.

October 7  Painting Words

Learn how to paint a masterpiece using your favorite word as your subject. Teaching Artist: Matt Higgins (MFA alum 2017)

October 14  Mobile Making

Create a free-standing mobile drawing inspiration from Alexander Calder's tapestries. Teaching Artist: Amy Benfer

October 21  Drawing in Motion

Make a series of drawings and paintings that will be turned into a video animation. Teaching Artist: Steve Teare

October 28  Gourd Animals

Even vegetables make great art. Create a gourd animal that reflects your inner spirit. Teaching Artist: Aki Torii (MFA alum 2008) 

November 4  Boxed World

Using a variety of objects, create a miniature installation inspired by Rina Banerjee's Make Me a Summary of the World. Teaching Artist: Rebecca Schultz

November 11  Storytelling through Painting

Paint creatures and tell stories from the depths of your imagination using watercolors. Teaching Artist: Vessna Scheff

November 18  Making Space

Explore a variety of techniques used to depict space and participate in a science experiment that will test your depth perception. Teaching Artists: Kara Rutledge and Adam Durant

November 25  Thanksgiving Weekend - No Workshop

December 2  Draw, Transfer, Repeat

Join a collaborative workshop that incorporates drawing, color transfers, and repetition to make large-scale artworks. Teaching Artist: Anthony Campuzano

December 9  Academy of International Ballet - Dance to Draw

Experience the classical tradition of Bolshoi ballet in a dazzling performance by the Academy of International Ballet and learn the techniques of improvisational drawing to make your lines dance. 

December 16  Lights, Wrapping, Assemble

Celebrate the holiday season by creating your own light-filled orb inspired by Rina Banerjee's Make Me a Summary of the World. Teaching Artist: Lindsey Bloom

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La Academia de Artes Familiares es un programa semanal GRATUITO que brinda la oportunidad para que juntos aprendan sobre el arte compartiendo diferentes puntos de vista generacionales. Traigan a toda la familia a PAFA los domingos de 2 – 4 pm para conocer a artistas locales, aprender nuevas técnicas creativas y crear un proyecto diferente cada semana.

Octubre 7 Pintando Palabras

Aprende a pintar una obra maestra usando, como tema, tu palabra favorita. Artista Educador: Matt Higgins

Octubre 14 Creando Móviles

Inspirado en los tapices del artista Alexander Calder, crearemos un móvil independiente. Artista Educador: Amy Benfer

Octubre 21 Dibujo en Movimiento

Haremos una serie de dibujos y pinturas que se convertirán en una animación de video. Artista: Steve Teare

Octubre 28 Animales de Calabaza

¡Hasta las verduras son arte! Crea un animal hecho de calabaza que refleje tu espíritu interno. Artista Educador: Aki Torri

Noviembre 4 Un Mundo Encajado

Usando una variedad de objetos, crea una instalación en miniatura inspirada en la exhibición Hazme un Resumen del Mundo de la artista Rina Banerjee. Artista Educador: Rebecca Schultz

Noviembre 11 Cuentacuentos a través de la pintura

Usando acuarelas, pintaremos  criaturas y contaremos sus historias usando nuestra imaginación. Artista Educador: Vessna Scheff

Noviembre 18 Creando Espacio

Explora una variedad de técnicas utilizadas para representar el espacio y participa en un experimento científico que pondrá a prueba tu percepción de la profundidad. Artista Educador: Kara Rutledge y Adam Durant

Noviembre 25 Fin de Semana de Acción de Gracias - No hay Taller

Diciembre 2 Dibujar, Transferir, Repetir

Un taller colaborativo donde incorporaremos el dibujo, las transferencias en color y la repetición para hacer dibujos a gran escala. Artista Educador: Anthony Campuzano

Diciembre 9 Academia Internacional de Ballet – Danza para Dibujar

Disfruten de un espectáculo clásico del ballet Bolshoi de la Academia Internacional de Ballet y aprendan técnicas de improvisación en el dibujo para hacer bailar líneas.

Diciembre 16 Luces, Empaques, Ensambles
Crea tu propia esfera de luz inspirada en la exhibición Hazme un Resumen del Mundo de la artista Rina Banerjee. Artista Educador: Lindsey Bloom

2018 - 19 Partners

The Free Library of Philadelphia: Local branches of the city's library system work with PAFA staff to provide community-based art lessons during out of school time to participating students, families and community members. Workshops are held during after-school hours using a drop in model, with no registration required providing out-of-school settings for families to create together.  

Taller Puertorriqueño: This wonderful community arts partner works with PAFA on professional development opportunities for art educators working in the neighborhood, hosts family workshops and collaborates on a big end of year arts festival for participating schools and families.

Providence Center: Committed to North Philadelphia’s Fairhill community since 1993, Providence Center offers education programming for children, youth, and adults. PAFA partners with them through their after-school program providing art workshops to participating students and families.

Episcopal Communtiy Services: This great Out of School Time Program provides after-school and summer camp services to elementary and middle school students in the diverse Feltonville neighborhood. PAFA partners with them through their after-school and summer program providing art workshops to participating students and families.

COMHAR HOPE: A comprehensive human services organization that implements community centers, community living arrangements, co-occurring behavioral health, addiction and treatment programs for members of the community. PAFA partners with COMHAR's Latino Treatment Program as well as their Allegheny Center. PAFA provides monthly guided Museum Tours as well as art-workshops on-site to participating members.

Mann Older Adult Center: This great city center provides congregate meals, recreation, education, health service, transportation and counseling for older adults in the Fairhill community. PAFA provides Mann's members with art-workshops on-site as well as guided Museum Tours for members and their families.

2017 - 18 Partners

Taller Puertorriqueño: This wonderful community arts partner works with PAFA on professional development opportunities for art educators working in the neighborhood, hosts family workshops and collaborates on a big end of year arts festival for participating schools and families.

Providence Center: Committed to North Philadelphia’s Fairhill community since 1993, Providence Center offers education programming for children, youth, and adults. PAFA partners with them through their after-school program providing art workshops to participating students and families.

Episcopal Communtiy Services: This great Out of School Time Program provides after-school and summer camp services to elementary and middle school students in the diverse Feltonville neighborhood. PAFA partners with them through their after-school and summer program providing art workshops to participating students and families.

COMHAR HOPE Latino: A specialized program also known as Hispanic Effective Living Program (HELP) designed to meet the needs of members of the Latino community with mental illness. PAFA partners with them providing guided Museum Tours as well as art-workshops on-site to participating members.

The Free Library of Philadelphia: Local branches of the city's library system work with PAFA staff to provide community-based art lessons during out of school time to participating students, families and community members on evenings and weekends.

Research for Better Schools (RBS) at PHMC: Evaluation of the effectiveness of PAFA's programming and community engagement is an essential part of measuring the impact of this initiative and a 2 year evaluation is being conducted by RBS, whose mission is to help schools and other education organizations improve student learning, teacher content knowledge, and instructional effectiveness.

2016 - 17 Partners

Wayne Kleppe: Artist Wayne Kleppe hosted school-wide collaborative workshops in December of 2016 at Feltonville Intermediate School to create an art and visual literacy-based Art Island project that was installed on school grounds permanently.

Taller Puertorriqueño: This wonderful community arts partner works with PAFA on professional development opportunities for art educators working in the neighborhood, hosts family workshops and collaborates on a big end of year arts festival for participating schools and families.

Providence Center: Committed to North Philadelphia’s Fairhill community since 1993, Providence Center offers education programming for children, youth, and adults. PAFA partners with them through their after-school program providing art workshops to participating students and families.

Episcopal Communtiy Services: This great Out of School Time Program provides after-school and summer camp services to elementary and middle school students in the diverse Feltonville neighborhood. PAFA partners with them through their after-school and summer program providing art workshops to participating students and families.

Comhar Hope Latino: A specialized program also known as Hispanic Effective Living Program (HELP) designed to meet the needs of members of the Latino community with mental illness. PAFA partners with them providing guided Museum Tours as well as art-workshops on-site to participating members.

The Free Library of Philadelphia: Local branches of the city's library system work with PAFA staff to provide community-based art lessons during out of school time to participating students, families and community members on evenings and weekends.

Research for Better Schools (RBS) at PHMC: Evaluation of the effectiveness of PAFA's programming and community engagement is an essential part of measuring the impact of this initiative and a 2 year evaluation is being conducted by RBS, whose mission is to help schools and other education organizations improve student learning, teacher content knowledge, and instructional effectiveness.

2015 - 16 Partners

Mia Rosenthal: Artist and PAFA alumni Mia Rosenthal hosted school-wide collaborative workshops in June of 2016 at Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences to create an art and visual literacy-based Art Island project that was installed on school grounds.

Taller Puertorriqueño: This wonderful community arts partner works with PAFA on professional development opportunities for art educators working in the neighborhood, hosts family workshops and collaborates on a big end of year arts festival during May for participating schools and families.

Centro Nueva Creación: Centro promotes resilience in young people through educational enrichment and engagement with the arts and Latino cultures. PAFA's partnership with them started in the summer of 2015 providing art lessons and museum field trips. 

Providence Center: Committed to North Philadelphia’s Fairhill community since 1993, Providence Center offers education programming for children, youth, and adults. PAFA partners with them through their after-school program providing art lessons during out of school time to participating students and families.

The Free Library of Philadelphia: Local branches of the city's library system work with PAFA staff to provide community-based art lessons during out of school time to participating students, families and community members on evenings and weekends.

Research for Better Schools (RBS): Evaluation of the effectiveness of PAFA's programming and community engagement is an essential part of measuring the impact of this initiative and a 2 year evaluation is being conducted by RBS, whose mission is to help schools and other education organizations improve student learning, teacher content knowledge, and instructional effectiveness.

2014 - 15 Partners

People’s Paper Coop: This artist collective is hosting community workshops in April and May 2015 at Julia de Burgos School to create an art and literacy-based Art Island project for the school’s library space

Taller Puertorriqueño: This wonderful community arts partner works with PAFA on professional development opportunities for art educators working in the neighborhood, hosts family workshops and is collaborating on a big end of year arts festival on May 30 for participating schools and families

The Free Library of Philadelphia: Local branches of the city's library system work with PAFA staff to provide community-based art lessons during out of school time to participating students, families and community members on evenings and weekends

Research for Better Schools (RBS): Evaluation of the effectiveness of PAFA's programming and community engagement is an essential part of measuring the impact of this initiative and a 2 year evaluation is being conducted by RBS, whose mission is to help schools and other education organizations improve student learning, teacher content knowledge, and instructional effectiveness.

Art Island - Collaborative Artist Residency

Art Island is a collaborative art-making experience that brings a resident Philadelphia artist into the partner school for several weeks to work intensively with students, parents and teachers on a collaborative, permanent project. 

Art Island at Feltonville Intermediate School - Fall 2016

In response to the school’s request to have a project that would beautify the schools entrance hall – a space frequented by the entire student body as well as all who walk into the school - artist Wayne Kleppe worked with students creating personal flags that were then permanently installed creating a visual unified banner of flags.

         

Art Island at Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences - Spring 2016

In response to the school’s request to have a project that responded to their outdoor yard, an area that is frequented by the entire school in the morning, during lunch time and during dismissal; artist Mia Rosenthal, a PAFA alumni, worked with students creating personal symbols, prompted by questions that made students think of their own identity. The symbols were vinyl printed and installed in the schools windows that face the outdoor yard. 

   

Art Island at Julia de Burgos School - Spring 2015

In response to the school’s request to have a project that addressed their lack of library resources, artists Mark Strandquist and Courtney Bowles, part of the People’s Paper Coop artist collective,  worked with students to transform discarded materials into blank handmade books for students to fill with their art, writing, and photography creating “Julia de Burgos Own People's Library.”

  

Art Island at Isaac A. Sheppard Elementary School - Fall 2014

In response to the school’s request to have a project that would enhace their entrance and halls, artist Sandra Gonzalez worked with students creating personal tessellations which were then turned into a large-scale indoor mural transforming the way the school physicaly presents itself to students and visitors.

  

The School and Community Partnership Program is funded by grants from the William Penn Foundation, the Hearst Foundations, and the Snider Foundation. Additional support provided by Dale P. and Richard D. Levy.

The Museum Education Van is made possible by a grant from The Snider Foundation.

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